Good post, Sarah---as always. The Koran does call Jesus The
Messiah. The Koran also states Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary,
that he ministered, healed the sick, and that he was "lifted" up by
God. Certainly there are parallels between the Koran and the Bible.
The word Messiah means "priest king." It does not mean Son of God or
Savior or Redeemer. Muslims accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah and
prophet of God, but not their savior. In fact, "the son" is a
theological impossibility within Islam. This is because God is
viewed as being completely transcendent, unknowable, and detached
from the world, so where God's direct involvement in the world would
be unthinkable. The world is of the Devil. Therefore to say God is
apart of world, by bringing forth a son, would within Islam be the
same as saying God is "of the world", of the Devil.
Christians, on the other hand, consider the Son-as-God theology as
Testimony of God's divine love---a love that is discontent only to
bless His creation outside of life; but rather is an intricate part
of life, the Living God that is involved in the Created Order. God
sanctified humanity "from within" through His Son.